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Electronic prescribing could reduce medication errors by 50%

The government has current targets in place for all healthcare facilities to become paperless by 2023. This will include patient records, pharmacy reports, prescription charts and ordering.

A key aspect of developing a paperless system in any healthcare facility is the introduction of an electronic prescribing and medicines administration (EPMA) system. The Department of Health itself believes the rollout of electronic prescribing systems could reduce errors by 50%.

However, many EPMA systems are often highly expensive and unnecessarily complex.

Ashtons e-Works is different – a simple, affordable alternative

Ashtons e-Works is a unique system that has been designed as an affordable and easy-to-use alternative, that is perfectly suited to the requirements of independent hospices and hospitals. It will allow you to manage both your patients’ prescriptions and the administration of their medication, 24/7, from anywhere with internet access.

Ashtons e-Works replaces paper medication records, such as prescription charts, and is transformational in improving the safe prescribing and administration of medication. It will also ensure faster access to medication, reduce duplications of patient records and help to free up staff time.

Core Features

  • Full audit trail of prescribing and administration records
  • Facilitates a flexible approach to prescribing
  • Remote access, 24/7, anywhere with internet access
  • Prescribing dates and times automatically generated
  • Clinical decision support system
  • Medicines administration scheduler
  • Clearly displayed medication due status
  • Reasons for non-administration easily recorded
  • Integrated pharmacy review tools
  • Extensive reporting tools

Specialist palliative care features

  • Syringe driver functionality – supports the prescribing, administration and monitoring of syringe drivers, with quick confirmation of start and finish times, individual medicines prescribed, and the diluent selected

  • Transdermal products – active patch check administration system, increasing visibility of
    key information, and helping to prevent missed applications or removal

  • Dose ranges and variable doses – the prescribing feature allows for the input of complex reducing regimens, titrations and PRN doses with the flexibility to respond to the clinical needs of the patient

  • Infusions – full support of prescribing and administration of infusions


For patients

– All features deliver a reduction in medication errors, helping patients to receive the right medication at the right time

– This helps increase patient safety, the quality of treatment provided and, in turn, leads to better healthcare outcomes

For doctors

– Remote access for prescribing, 24/7, enables doctors to prescribe out of hours, after consultation with nurses on duty, in line with hospice policies

– Clinical decision support, plus better access to clinical information and flexible prescribing options, helps enhance the accuracy and effectiveness of prescribing

For nurses

– Transforms the way nurses manage medicines administration, making it simple to identify patients who are due medication and easy to record details

– Removes the need for nurses to manually search prescription charts

For managers

– Significant improvements in managerial oversight and extensive reporting tools

– Helps staff work more efficiently and reduces paper usage, with few training requirements due to the system’s simple, intuitive workflow

For regulators

– Full audit trail of prescribing and administration records supports regulatory compliance

– All features and benefits combined lead to overall improvements in quality, safety and compliance